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One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best NFL coaches of all time and the best NFL quarterbacks currently in the league. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

list ordered by

1
+ - 11,606 5,016
Jerry Rice 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
+ - 9,578 4,089
Walter Payton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

3
+ - 9,704 4,861
Joe Montana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

4
+ - 9,360 3,648
Barry Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

5
+ - 6,612 3,640
Jim Brown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

6
+ - 5,434 2,870
Reggie White 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

7
+ - 9,681 5,927
Tom Brady 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

8
+ - 7,192 3,644
Lawrence Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

9
+ - 7,857 5,664
Peyton Manning 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

10
+ - 4,940 2,558
John Elway 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

11
+ - 6,493 2,817
Deion Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

12
+ - 4,992 2,924
Dan Marino 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

13
+ - 5,152 2,678
Brett Favre 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

14
+ - 4,016 1,653
Joe Greene 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

15
+ - 3,948 2,035
Dick Butkus 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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16
+ - 5,249 2,469
Emmitt Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

17
+ - 3,776 1,670
Ronnie Lott 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

18
+ - 5,236 2,785
Ray Lewis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

19
+ - 3,902 1,862
Steve Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

20
+ - 3,435 2,091
Johnny Unitas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

21
+ - 4,727 2,070
Randy Moss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

22
+ - 5,070 1,451
Bo Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

23
+ - 2,910 1,559
Eric Dickerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

24
+ - 2,969 1,492
Marshall Faulk 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

25
+ - 3,858 1,757
J. J. Watt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

26
+ - 2,386 1,213
LaDainian Tomlinson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

27
+ - 2,244 1,397
Deacon Jones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

28
+ - 2,937 1,345
Calvin Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

29
+ - 2,373 1,354
Bart Starr 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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30
+ - 2,351 1,428
Jack Lambert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

31
+ - 3,376 1,890
Adrian Peterson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

32
+ - 2,131 894
Larry Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

33
+ - 2,301 1,271
Earl Campbell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

34
+ - 2,097 766
Charles Woodson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

35
+ - 2,000 1,421
Otto Graham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

36
+ - 1,865 1,196
Bruce Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

37
+ - 2,058 1,073
Rod Woodson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

38
+ - 2,875 1,513
Aaron Rodgers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

39
+ - 2,759 1,643
Terry Bradshaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

40
+ - 2,663 1,742
Tony Gonzalez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

41
+ - 2,206 1,314
Roger Staubach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

42
+ - 2,037 867
Michael Irvin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

43
+ - 1,649 1,219
Mike Singletary 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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44
+ - 1,565 1,059
Dick Lane 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Lane Cornerback

45
+ - 1,911 1,099
Ed Reed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

46
+ - 1,903 913
Troy Polamalu 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

47
+ - 2,424 1,273
Drew Brees 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

48
+ - 2,020 1,280
Gale Sayers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

49
+ - 1,638 827
Michael Strahan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end

50
+ - 1,620 733
Rob Gronkowski 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Rob Gronkowski Tight end